Video & Animation (Explainer) Tools

Last updated: May 24, 2018 at 10:03 am

Tools used to create and host videos and animations. In alphabetical order.

mysimpleshow is an online video-maker tool that allows users to create explainer videos. The tool transforms any text into a video in minutes.
Cost: Free. Premium versions available. | Available: Hosted


award-128Adobe After Effects
Create incredible motion graphics and visual effects.
Cost: Commercial. Free trial  |  Available: Download
Ranking on Top 200 Tools for Learning 2017: 132  See more at

Adobe Animate
Edge Animate lets web designers create interactive HTML animations for web, digital publishing, rich media advertising and more, reaching both desktop and mobile browsers with ease.
Cost: Commercial. Free trial  |  Available: Download

Adobe Flash
Flash from Adobe lets you create powerful and engaging animations.  Flash ActionScript provides even more functionality.
Cost: Commercial. Free trial  |  Available: Download

award-128Adobe Premiere Pro
Lets you capture, edit, and deliver video to the web, and mobile devices.
Cost: Commercial. Free trial  |  Available: Download
Ranking on Top 200 Tools for Learning 2017: 76  See more at

Effortlessly create studio-quality animation videos from the comfort of your browser within minutes
Cost: Free and premium version  |  Available: Hosted

Stunning HTML5 animation – no coding required.
Cost: Free and premium versions  |  Available: Hosted

Anime Studio Pro
The all-in-one animation tool for professionals and digital artists.
Cost: Commercial. Free trial  |  Available: Download

Animoto lets you turn your photos, video clips, and music into videos to share with everyone.
Cost:  Free  |  Available: Hosted
Ranking on Top 200 Tools for Learning 2017: 159  See more at

Audio Acrobat
Create your audio + video, select a feature and magic happens with us!
Cost: Commercial. Free trial  |  Available: Download

Avidemux is a free video editor designed for simple cutting, filtering and encoding tasks.
Cost: Free  |  Available: Download

Broadcast live using your mobile device or webcam. Share to your blog or favourite social network Interact with your viewers
Cost: Free and premium versions  |  Available: Hosted

Simplifying delivery of video to every destination and device.
Cost: Commercial  |  Available: Hosted

Powerful 2D and facial animation.
Cost: Commercial  |  Available: Download

Cyberlink PowerDirector
Fast and flexible video editing
Cost: Commercial  |  Available: Download

EDpuzzle lets you take any video off the web, edit it, add notes and questions for students, and create virtual classrooms where you can monitor student work.
Cost: Free  |  Available: Download

Animation, Doodle Sketch, and Motion Video Creation Software.
Cost: Commercial  |  Available: Download

A video discussion platform that fuels #studentvoice. Instructors pose questions and students respond with short videos which can be viewed by all students.
Cost: Commercial. Free trial for instructors. Free for students. Available: Hosted/Download apps
Ranking on Top 200 Tools for Learning 2017: 113  See more at

Freemake Video Converter
Freemake Video Converter converts video free to AVI, MP4, WMV, MKV, DVD, MP3, iPad, iPhone, PSP, Xbox, Android phones.
Cost: Free  |  Available: Download

GoAnimate is an easy-to-use tool to create professional animated videos.
Cost: Commercial. Free trial  |  Available: Download
Ranking on Top 200 Tools for Learning 2017: 68  See more at

HandBrake is a tool for converting video from nearly any format to a selection of modern, widely supported codecs.
Cost: Free  |  Available: Download

HummingbirdShare is a multimedia knowledge base, designed to capture and access the expertise in your company.
Cost: Commercial  |  Available: Hosted

iMovie  makes viewing and working with video as easy as enjoying your photos. A built-in library automatically organizes all the clips you’ve captured and movies you’ve created.
Cost: Free  |  Available: Download (for Macs)
Ranking on Top 200 Tools for Learning 2017: 120  See more at

Kaltura’s mission is to power any video experience.
Cost: Commercial. Free trial  |  Available: Hosted/Installed

Online Movie Maker and Video Editor
Cost: Commercial. Free trial  |  Available: Hosted
Ranking on Top 200 Tools for Learning 2017: 199  See more at

The world’s #1 live video platform powers 4,000,000 events each year.
Cost:  Commercial  |  Available: Hosted

Media Semantics
The Character Builder is a media authoring tool that installs on your PC and lets you generate unlimited, royalty-free materials in HTML5, Flash, video, and mobile formats.
Cost: Commercial. Free trial  |  Available: Hosted

Press ‘Stream’, and instantly live stream video from your phone to everywhere
Cost: Free  |  Available: Download app

Mixcraft is The Musician’s DAW – the ideal application for creating professional quality songs, mixes, and videos with ease.
Cost: Commercial  |  Available: Download

Easily create animated videos and presentations.
Cost: Commercial. Free trial  |  Available: Download
Ranking on Top 200 Tools for Learning 2017: 130  See more at

Windows Movie Maker makes home movies amazingly fun. With Movie Maker you can create, edit, and share your home movies right on your computer.
Cost: Commercial. Free trial  |  Available: Download

With nawmal you can create your own movies in minutes
Cost: Commercial  |  Available: Download

award-128Office Mix
From Microsoft, a free PowerPoint app to create interactive lessons.
Cost: Free  |  Available: Download for PCs only
Ranking on Top 200 Tools for Learning 2017: 63See more at

Panopto is the only video platform that provides businesses and universities with integrated video recording, live streaming, video management, and inside-video search.
Cost: Commercial. Free trial  |  Available: Installed

Live stream from your phone.
Cost: Free  |  Available: Download app

Pinnacle Studio
Video editing software.
Cost: Commercial  |  Available: Download

Everything you need to get started. Record audio & video directly In your web browser.
Cost: Commercial |  Available: Hosted

PowToon is an online software tool that allows you to create animated video explainers – for business or education.
Cost: Free and premium versions  |  Available: Hosted
Ranking on Top 200 Tools for Learning 2017: 29  See more at

Qumu provides a comprehensive platform for capturing video, automating secure streaming and downloading, simplifying its management and maintaining its complete control.
Cost: Commercial  |  Available: Hosted

Renderforest provides free tools for creating professional intros, animations, slideshows and music visualizations in minutes.
Cost: Free. Charge for video exported without watermark/in high quality   |  Available: Hosted

SchoolTube is the nation’s largest K-12 moderated video sharing platform, specifically designed for students and educators – exclusively endorsed by over twenty national education associations.
Cost: Free |  Available: Hosted

Create a speaking avatar for your website.
Cost: Commercial. Free trial  |  Available: Download

StudioRack is a modular live audio and video production system for the Windows O.S., intended for the more demanding podcaster, audio and video producers, DJ’s, radio stations, tv stations etc.
Cost: Free |  Available: Download

A simple Flash to HTML5 converter that helps make SWF files available to a larger audience.
Cost: Free  |  Available: Hosted

SWiSH Max4
Advanced Flash Creation Tool For The Graphic Artist Or Web Professional.
Cost: Commercial. Free trial  |  Available: Download

TeacherTube provides a more educationally focused, safe venue for teachers, schools, and home learners.
Cost: Free  |  Available: Hosted

TeachOutLoud is a service which allows you to publish and sell your audio and video learning content.
Cost:  Free  |  Available: Hosted

TEDTalks & TED Edaward-128
TED is a non-profit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading – annual conferences, the annual TED Prize and local TEDx events. TED Ed is a tool to create lessons around TED Talks and other videos.
Cost:  Free  |  Available: Hosted
Ranking on Top 200 Tools for Learning 2017: 31  See more at

Automatically captures, stores and indexes every lecture on campus.
Cost: Commercial. Free trial  |  Available: Download/Hosted

ThingLink is an interactive media platform that empowers publishers, educators, brands, and bloggers to create more engaging content by adding rich media links to photos and videos.
Cost:  Free  |  Available: Hosted

Online video streaming at scale. Secure video sharing for teams and enterprises
Cost:  Commercial. Free trial  |  Available: Hosted

Publish video+slides presentation, support playback in browser, mobile, and iPad.
Cost: Commercial  |  Available: Hosted

Vialogies = video+ dialogues, Vialogues allow for meaningful and dynamic time-stamped discussions about videos.
Cost: Free  |  Available: Hosted

Web based 3D animation and video software.
Cost: Free  |  Available: Online
Ranking on Top 200 Tools for Learning 2017: 172  See more at

Video editing software anyone can use
Cost: Free  |  Available: Download

Videora Converter is a free video converter that converts video files, YouTube videos, movies and DVD’s so you can play them on your video playing device.
Cost: Free |  Available: Hosted

Videoscribe lets you create your own whiteboard-style animations with no design or technical know-how
Cost: Commercial. Free trial  |  Available: Download
Ranking on Top 200 Tools for Learning 2017: 71  See more at

Live & On-Demand Video Streaming Solutions That Fit Your Need.
Cost: Commercial  |  Available: Hosted

Vimeo is a video-sharing website where users can upload, view and share videos.
Cost: Free and premium versions |  Available: Hosted
Ranking on Top 200 Tools for Learning 2017: 52  See more at

Create 6 second videos
Cost: Free | Available: Download app

Private, secure video hosting for businesses.
Cost: Commercial  |  Available: Hosted

WebPod Studio
WebPod Studio is the World’s Leading Podcast Software that produces both audio and video podcasts.
Cost: Commercial  |  Available: Download

Simple to use video editor. Can be downloaded to google drive, can have private or public. Easy to login with Google.
Cost: Free and premium versions  |  Available: Hosted
Ranking on Top 200 Tools for Learning 2017: 174 See more at

Make professional videos in minutes.
Cost: Free and premium versions  |  Available: Download

A key learning resource and a place for anyone to share their own video content.
Cost: Free   |  Available: Hosted
Ranking on Top 200 Tools for Learning 2017: 1 See more at

Turn online videos into interactive learning experiences that engage students and deepen understanding.
Cost: Free and premium versions  |  Available: Hosted

If YouTube and PowerPoint had a baby… it would be Zentation.
Cost: Free and premium versions  |  Available: Hosted